Monday, August 13, 2007

How much space for praying in a plane?

The good thing about planet Earth is that all kinds of religion exist. Life is diverse and that’s good.

Can you imagine being in a plane with people of only one belief and all of them being urged to pray (like in a church, mosque or temple) at the same time? Can you imagine the additional space being needed for example if all Muslims would bring their prayer rugs to enable them to prostrate themselves to Allah and towards Mecca?

If it’s only one or two who stand up (or kneel down) to do their religious exercise as this Jewish gentleman did on a flight from Bangkok to Manila in August 2007 it is bizzare (because it took some 15 minutes) and entertaining especially when the flight is long. My only fear is now a common ‘coming out’ when I fly to more holy places than Manila next time.

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At August 13, 2007 at 5:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brommel, I definitely share your fear of a "coming out" of the expression of religious belief in every public space...

Public space per se is a space supposed to be shared with others, and the most elementary rule of togetherness and politeness is that you are not supposed to disturb others. Even less in a space as confined as a plane.

If you want to pray, pray. But silently and without artifacts, whatever they are, and in the position required for flying: seated.

If this simple rule of good behaviour is so hard to understand, here my suggestion: when you enter a church/mosque/temple of whatever kind, a sign generally reminds you that this is a place of worship and that you are supposed to behave accordingly.
Let's put in every other public space that it is NOT a place of worship and that you have to behave accordingly.

At August 13, 2007 at 7:28 PM, Blogger brommel said...

Gü, can't agree more. My religion is telling to pray naked. Will do so on my next flight.

At August 13, 2007 at 10:15 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

Still traveling around the world!?
I prefer prayers to bombs.

At August 14, 2007 at 12:59 PM, Blogger brommel said...

Sidney: Welcome back.

Is there a relationship between praying and bombs?

At August 14, 2007 at 10:22 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

Not really.


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